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Revellers hit town for festive fun as Plan B looms and ‘more curbs may be needed’

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Revellers party before Plan B
Merrymakers had nothing but smiles on Saturday night (Pictures: North News & Pictures)

Partygoers hit the town on Saturday night before Plan B curbs are introduced, amid warnings harsher restrictions may be needed soon.

Some revellers were pictured wearing Christmas hats and jumpers as they headed to clubs and bars in Manchester and Newcastle.

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Brits have been making the best of the festive season following heavy restrictions last year – but it comes as experts say social contact should be reduced amid fears over the new Omicron variant.

Under Plan B restrictions, vaccine passports or negative lateral flow tests will be needed to get into clubs and other large venues from Wednesday.

People are advised to work from home from tomorrow, while face masks will be compulsory in most indoor spaces, although hospitality is exempt.

Boris Johnson is said to be resisting calls for Plan C, which could reportedly limit visitor numbers in care homes and restart table service at pubs.

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Meanwhile, the Government is reported to be considering producing a Plan D, which may see pubs and restaurants only allowed to serve outdoors, The Mirror reports.

It comes as it’s confirmed there are now patients in hospital infected with the Omicron variant.

Dated: 11/12/2021 Revellers in Newcastle get into the party spirit tonight (SAT) on the penultimate Saturday before Christmas, with Plan B measures the furthest thing from people's minds this evening. See Saturday nightlife round-up
Revellers in Newcastle get into the party spirit (Picture: North News & Pictures Ltd nort)
Dated: 10/12/2021 Revellers out in Newcastle tonight (FRI) get into the party mood with the festive celebrations in full swing despite Plan B COVID measures being introduced today for the first time with Christmas just two weeks away. See Friday nightlife round-up
Some people dressed up for the occasion (Picture: North News & Pictures Ltd nort)
Dated: 11/12/2021 Revellers in Newcastle get into the party spirit tonight (SAT) on the penultimate Saturday before Christmas, with Plan B measures the furthest thing from people's minds this evening. See Saturday nightlife round-up
Christmas jumpers were out in full force (Picture: North News & Pictures Ltd nort)
Dated: 11/12/2021 Revellers in Newcastle get into the party spirit tonight (SAT) on the penultimate Saturday before Christmas, with Plan B measures the furthest thing from people's minds this evening. See Saturday nightlife round-up
Their night out came just before Plan B measures are introduced (Picture: North News & Pictures Ltd nort)

Nadhim Zahawi revealed the news this morning but did not say whether the infection was the primary reason for their hospitalisation or what their vaccination status is.

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Speaking about Omicron on Sky News’ Trevor Phillips On Sunday programme, he said: ‘We know that it is highly infectious so the doubling rate is between two and three days.

‘Very quickly, Omicron will be the dominant variant in the United Kingdom and probably the rest of the world.

‘We’ve seen this movie before; we saw it with the Kent (Alpha) variant and then Delta.’

Meanwhile, the chief medical adviser for the UK Health Security Agency has cautioned a large wave of Omicron infections is ‘inevitable’.

Dr Susan Hopkins said people will have to reduce social contacts as much as possible, although more research is needed to determine how dangerous Omicron actually is.

She told the BBC’s The Andrew Marr Show: ‘I think that the restrictions that the Government have announced are sensible.

‘I think that we may need to go beyond them. But we’ll need to watch carefully what happens with hospitalisations.’

Dated: 11/12/2021 Revellers in Newcastle get into the party spirit tonight (SAT) on the penultimate Saturday before Christmas, with Plan B measures the furthest thing from people's minds this evening. See Saturday nightlife round-up
Two partygoers enjoyed a festive sing-along (Picture: North News & Pictures Ltd nort)
General View Revellers Hit The Town Despite Plan B Restrictions In Manchester Revellers were seen partying in Manchester despite the stricter Plan B restrictions coming into force Party goers were wearing fancy dress and some worse for wear as the Christmas parties continued across Manchester Pictured: General View Ref: SPL5279977 121221 NON-EXCLUSIVE Picture by: The Cleavers / SplashNews.com Splash News and Pictures USA: +1 310-525-5808 London: +44 (0)20 8126 1009 Berlin: +49 175 3764 166 photodesk@splashnews.com World Rights,
There are queues in Manchester (Picture: The Cleavers/SplashNews.com)
Dated: 11/12/2021 Revellers in Newcastle get into the party spirit tonight (SAT) on the penultimate Saturday before Christmas, with Plan B measures the furthest thing from people's minds this evening. See Saturday nightlife round-up
The Government is rumoured to be considering a Plan C and Plan D (Picture: North News & Pictures Ltd nort)
General View Revellers Hit The Town Despite Plan B Restrictions In Manchester Revellers were seen partying in Manchester despite the stricter Plan B restrictions coming into force Party goers were wearing fancy dress and some worse for wear as the Christmas parties continued across Manchester Pictured: General View Ref: SPL5279977 121221 NON-EXCLUSIVE Picture by: The Cleavers / SplashNews.com Splash News and Pictures USA: +1 310-525-5808 London: +44 (0)20 8126 1009 Berlin: +49 175 3764 166 photodesk@splashnews.com World Rights,
A large wave of Omicron infections is ‘inevitable’, a top expert has warned (Picture: The Cleavers/SplashNews.com)

When questioned on if there was a Plan C document, the Prime Minister’s official spokesman said: ‘Not that I’m aware of.

‘As a responsible Government, of course, you would expect us to… we have an array, already, of options available to us in terms of what measures we can take to mitigate a growth of any variant or virus.

‘But there are no plans to go beyond that currently.’

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